Monthly Archives: December 2008

Irish Jewelry Hallmarks

One of the wonderful things about authentic Irish jewelry is that each piece is hallmarked at the Assay Office in Dublin Castle. Since 1637, hallmarking has been Irish law, used to ensure the quality of each piece. This office is run by the Company of Goldsmiths of Dublin, and they are charged with authenticating all silver, gold, and platinum jewelry.

There are three components in each hallmark:

  • The makers or sponsors mark
  • The mark of the Dublin Assay Office
  • The mark attesting to the fineness of the metal (Also known as the purity mark)

On rings, the hallmark is normally located on the inside of the band. The same applies to bracelets and bangles. For pendants, applying the hallmark is a little more difficult, as you don’t want it to detract from the beauty of the piece. It is often applied to the “bail” of the piece, and is normally very small!

In the image below, you’ll see some examples of the Irish jewelry hallmarks for silver, gold, and platinum. The “Date Letter” changes each year – signifying the year that the piece was created and hallmarked.

We often get questions on the hallmark, and I hope this proved of some help. It is one of the reasons that genuine Irish jewelry is worth the slight wait!

Blue Topaz Claddagh Ring

This stunning blue topaz Claddagh ring is the perfect gift for anyone born in December, or for a Mom with a December baby. Available in sterling silver, 10K, 14K, and 18K white or yellow gold, there’s a ring to fit any budget.

With the hands for friendship, the heart for love,and the crown for loyalty, nothing expresses your feelings quite like an Irish Claddagh ring.

This ring is handcrafted in Dublin, Ireland, and hallmarked at the Dublin Castle Assay Office. Comes in a lovely presentation box for gift-giving.